Construction of the Palace of Fine Arts started in 1904 and ended in 1932. Technical difficulties, budgetary constraints and the 1910 Mexican revolution interrupted what was supposed to be a four year project.
It is a magnificent white marble building used for world-class performing arts shows such as symphonic orchestras, operas, plays, singers and performers. It is undoubtedly the most prestigious performing arts center in all of Mexico.
In addition, the building is also a museum with a steady stream of shows of Mexican and European painters. The interior walls have murals by Jose Clemente Orozco as well as stunning bronce sculptures and stained glass windows.
The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bells Artes) is located on the west side of the historic center of Mexico City next to the Alameda Central park.
The initial design and construction was undertaken by Italian architect Adamo Boari in 1904, but complications arising from the soft subsoil and the political problem both before and during the Mexican Revolution, hindered then stopped construction completely by 1913. Construction was completed in 1934. The exterior of the building is primarily Neoclassical and Art Nouveau and the interior is primarily Art Deco.
I never even heard of the Palacio de Bellas Artes before I came into Mexico City during an 8- hour layover. But I chanced upon this building as I was walking the streets – it is a beautiful white building with a great façade with lots of people taking pictures outside.
I decided to go in and was not disappointed. The interior was likewise great and there was a gift shop/bookstore which sold miniatures or representations of what can be seen inside. The palace has an Art Noveau Tiffany glass curtain made up of a million colorful pieces, created by a famous Mexican landscape painter, Doctor Atl) who depicted volcanoes of Mexico. There are also great murals by Mexican painters Orozco, Rivera, Siquieros, Tamayo and Montenegro (beautiful names).
The whole Palacio itself was constructed in 1904, on grounds where the Santa Isabel convent used to be. The architect was an Italian, Adamo Boari, but there were problems with the ground stability and then the revolution broke out….so it took years and another architect, Federico Mariscal, to complete the Palacio in 1934.
Certainly a great Palace to visit when in Mexico City!
Free guided visits to the main theater to see the stained glass curtain are offered from Tuesday to Friday at 1 and 1:30 pm
PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES
Avenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas
Mexico City 06050 Mexico
Open Hours10:30a-6:30p Tu-Su
This place is just beautiful and it is huge. We came here to get tickets to see the famous Ballet Folklorico. It was a last minute thing and I was absolutley disappointed that it wasnt playing here on this day. In side the Bellas Artes there was construction going on so they cancelled the show at this location. They told us that it will be playing at the Theatro Hidalgo so we walked over there. The Theatro Hidalgo was totally closed off too. So needless to say we didnt see the Famous Ballet. Remind me to put that on my list for next time!
Back to Bellas Artes: Construction began here in 1904 and the inside is "completely 1930's Art Deco" while the outside is early 20th century Art Nouveau. This place is beautiful, classy, elegant yet very inviting.
There is a theatre here and a museum. There is also murals from Diego Rivera located here too.
my friend has told me many times about this place - a must visit and it was.
it's located in the heart of the city, right next to the huge Almeda Park and a few minutes away from Zocalo, the city centre. Usually full of people, and always there is something going on. this places hosts the most prestigious exhibits and shows probably in whole mexico, from ballet and operas to art galleries. when i went down there on my second night in the country; there were like three big shows running and kind of sold out as well.
i don't care much about the history of buildings but this places has seduced me with its extravagant architecture, entrance, and the fancy yet friendly atmosphere it has got.
so if you want to see the best of luxurious mexico, do pay this place a visit
The Palacio de las Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) building is one of the most impressive in Mexico City. It is the architectural achievement of an Italian, Adamo Boari and was designed in the distinctive Art Nouveau style in 1901. The grounds in front of it are impressive and its easy to reach on foot if you're staying in the historic center or by Metro (the Bellas Artes stop is literally underneath the building). The white marble was brought in from Italy and the building took over 30 years to complete finally opening in 1934. You can enter the main level for free and get an idea of the architecture, however its worth visiting the 2nd level (first floor here in Mexico) which houses the Museo del Palacio de las Bellas Artes and which contains amazing murals by Rufino Tamayo. On the next level up, you'll find the National Architecture Museum, although I didn't make it up that far.
Wonderful arquitecture, an icon for mexico city, chilangos our very proud of it. And it's wonderful going to an event there. Inside a glass courtain receives you at the stage. Don't forget to look around.
Besides, there's always to see in the 1st. and 2nd floor galleries. Admire some of Siqueiros art (mexican well known muralist)
Take a coffee while you see Mexico go by.
This is a must see in Mexico City, one of the most important places built in the city during the 20th century the fine arts palace was created to replace the "city theatre" demolished some years earlier, the italian architect Adamo Boari took care of the project and the building began in 1904 beside the central alameda, in a place where the Santa Clara convent had been.
The building was suspended due to the mexican revolution and it wasn`t until 1934 when it was concluded by the mexican Fernando Mariscal, on 1994 the gardens in front of the palace were added according to Boari`s project.
The palace facade is covered with sculptures made by european artists including Boari, Bistolfi, Fiorenzo, Maroti, Querol, Honore Marquest and Allar. The interior of the palace is art-deco and there are murals painted by the mexicans Rivera, Clemente Orozco, Siqueiros, Tamayo, Montenegro, Rodríguez Lozano and González Camarena. There is also a curtain of crystal made in New York with more than a million pieces showing a view of Mexico Valley.
The palace was oficially inaugurated in 1974.
Appart from all the great cultural events celebrated inside the palace (including the Ballet Folkclórico) you can also visit the architecture museum, some of the temporal exhibitions or take a guided tour inside the palace (it must be previously agended by phone). There is also a bookstore and a cafeteria.
It is very hard to apreciatte the architecture from the floor, if you want to get a better view cross the street and get into a department store called Sears, on the eight floor you`ll find a cofee shop and from that place you will get an awesome view of the palace, otherwise a view like this would only be possible in pictures, so it is quite nice to see it from up there.
Recently the palace has been restored, the result has been quite discussed since apparently it destroyed the acoustic of the place and it hide many art decó architectural elements, a complaint was gonna be send to UNESCO and ICOMOS so they could study the restoration and demand the repair of possible damages. I have not been there since it reopened so I hope the things I've read are exagerated.
Palacio de Bellas Artes is the mexican opera house and also the home of many classical concerts aswell as some very varied art.
The construction of the place was started in 1904 but due to the mexican civil war it was not completed until 1934.
People like Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas and Kiri Te Kanava has performed in the palace and it was also used to host Frida Kalhos funeral in 1954.
A really good Sunday morning activity is to go to see the Mexican Folkloric Dancing at Bellas Artes. It's a beautiful theatre and a great way to see the history of Mexico and the difference between the regions. The dancing and the music is just amazing!
Afterward, the Casa de Azulejos (House of Tiles), where the Sanborns department store and restaurants are, is only a short walk away. There are two restaurants, one is a lunch counter, which has good food and is inexpensive. The other is the nicer sit down restaurant that is a great place for brunch.
For those of you who like candy, head over to the department store. My favorite candy is from the department store candy counter at Sanborns. They are called Palitos de Canela (Little Cinammon Sticks). It is still my favorite candy today, my aunt just brought me some for Christmas. They are short sticks of cinammon flavored hard candy covered in chocolate. They also have them in Peppermint flavor. It's a simple way to finish the morning.
The city's main art center "Palacio de Bellas Artes" (Fine Arts Palace) is the heart of the art in the city, a place for best music concerts, Theater, Dance and art exhibits. The exterior built in Italian marble and style. The interior has and art deco style. You can find the events calendar in the website (is in spanish)
For a better view and pictures of "Palacio de Bellas Artes" you can go across the street inside the store "Sears" (photo 4 & 5), the building of sears has a Terrace "The Coffe Factory" at the 8th floor, you can go to just take pictures or sit and have a coffe enjoying the view. (Be patient, service is very slow)
This place is the premier opera house of Mexico City. The building is famous for both its extravagant art nouveau exterior in imported Italian white marble and its murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. The theatre is used for classical music, opera and dance, notably the Baile Folklórico.
From the hostel behind the Zocalo Cathedral, I walked a couple blocks until I reached the Museo Bellas Artes to see some works by Diego Rivera. The guides there were so nice that one of them gave me a book on the paintings inside the museum. The next time I go back to Mexico City I am going to personally thank the guide if she remembers me and return the book to her. Please no flash inside the museum.
This performance hall was built in 1905 by the dictator Porfirio Diaz. It features galleries with Murals painted by many of the great muralist of the day, including one of Diego Riveria's most famous works "Man at the Crossroads" which was orginally designed for the Rockefeller center in New York. It was rejected there due to it's communist theme.
My coworker was hesitant to go, because he thought it would be a traditional ballet. It's more of a folk show where they have different costumes, dancing, and a live band/orchestra.
Shows are every Friday at 8:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am, and Sunday 8:30 pm. We went to the Sunday morning show, came 15 minutes early and bought the tickets at the ticket booth. You can buy them at Ticketmaster Online http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx but I couldn't figure out the whole "will call" thing. My seats were still pretty good and I noticed there were many available seats. There isn't a dress code (for the morning show anyway), I wore jeans, a nice shirt, and sandals.